Genus of extinct ape of southern Asia, existing during the late Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs; originally known only from very large fossil jaws and teeth, but believed to be the largest naturally evolved hominoid that ever lived (height up to 3 meters). During the Interplanetary Age and later, several attempts were made at lazurogenesis. All were unsatisfactory from the perspective of paleobiology, but nevertheless the results were a popular exhibit at local biosphere and wildlife reserves. Some of these were later provolved (including Neogigantopithecus sapiens and Paragigantopithecus lazurus superior). The first and perhaps only authentic Gigantopithecus was restored by the Curator ISO Deep Time Dreaming (FAS) during the early Integration period. Today a number of successful populations representing all five of Deep Time Dreaming's lazurogened species have been established in authentic Plio-Pleistocene biospheres throughout the Terragen Sphere.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 31 October 2001.